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How To Save Electricity???

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Use microwaves and toaster ovens to cook or warm leftovers. You’ll use less energy than cooking with a conventional oven.

Pull the plug on that second fridge located in the hot garage or utility room. Duke Energy Progress will pick it up and pay $50 to recycle it.

Set your refrigerator temperature between 30 and 42°F. Use the power-save switch if you have one.

Repair refrigerator door seals if you feel cold air around the closed door or if moisture is collecting.

Replace a refrigerator bought in 1990 with an ENERGY STAR®-qualified model – energy-efficient models cost less to operate than older refrigerators.

Dust your fridge the next time you dust your house. Check the coils behind the refrigerator — and use coil vacuums or dusters to clean it off and keep costs down.

Keep your freezer full – it uses less energy than an empty one. For maximum savings, consider filling your freezer with gallon containers of water.

Choose energy-efficient appliances. They don’t just save you money, but they’re good for the environment because they use less energy.

Replace your refrigerator. Look for the yellow EnergyGuide® label to compare features. Choose models with improved insulation and power-saving switches.

Wash and dry several loads at once, so that your dryer isn’t completely cooled down when it heats up for the next load.

Avoid over-drying your clothes. It wastes energy, plus causes static and wrinkling.

Separate wash loads into light and heavy fabrics for the shortest drying times. Or better yet – air-dry your lightest fabrics.

Vent your dryer to the outside to reduce the workload on your air conditioner.

Wash full loads of clothes when possible. When smaller loads are necessary, use less water.

Hang dress clothing to air dry on portable laundry racks; they will also look better.

Clean the dryer lint filter before every load to keep your dryer running efficiently.

Set your dishwashers on economy mode, to use less water and electricity.

Turn off your dishwasher after the wash cycle — and let your dishes air-dry. You’ll save energy and keep your dishwasher from heating up your kitchen.

Keep the oven door closed while cooking – the temperature can drop by as many as 25 degrees each time you open the oven door.

Grill out more often during the summer. Using the oven in the heat of summer forces your AC to work harder, which raises your energy bill.

Use copper-bottomed pots and pans that use heat more efficiently when cooking on the stove.

Keep stove reflector pans clean to reflect more heat upward while cooking.

Turn off your oven or burners when food is almost ready and let existing heat finish the cooking for you.

Use tight-fitting covers on pots and pans when cooking on the stove to shorten your cooking time and save energy.

Match your pot size to the burner on your stove. Heat is lost when small pots are used on large burners.

 

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